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Henrik Lantz
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My family of five is going on a one week skiing trip, and I am thinking about buying a new game to play in the evenings. I´d prefer it if the box was on the smaller side to make it easier to bring along. The kids are ages 8 and up, and can manage a decent amount of rules, but in particular since we will be tired after a whole day of skiing I am looking for some lighter fare this time. Any suggestions?

Some games we like (and own):
Takenoko
Carcassonne
Ticket to Ride
Coloretto
Qwirkle
Ingenious

Some lighter games that have left us with a meh-feeling:
Cacao
Splendor
Port Royal
7 Wonders

Thinking about:
Would Codenames work in this group or does it need more players?
 
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Dylan McCollum
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I think Jamaica would probably be perfect for this.
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A boy named Sioux
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Biblios is one of my favourite travel games.
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Patrick
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Bolger wrote:
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Thinking about:
Would Codenames work in this group or does it need more players?

If you think you'll enjoy Codenames, you might want to go with Codenames: Pictures. It's easier accessible for mixed age-groups and allows for more open-minded clues and thinking in general.

Personally, I suggest Skull King. It's a light-hearted and chaotic trick-taking game (somewhat similar to Wizard) that plays up to 6 people — it can even be played with teams if you desire.
We introduced it to our neighbours last summer, and they play it regularly with their 6 or 7 year old son, so age shouldn't be a problem.
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Madhujith Venkatakrishna
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FOr a family game Tobago is beautiful and so much fun
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Michael Mench
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Here are the small games I tend to bring on family trips from my collection:

Deep Sea Adventure
Pickomino
Unnamed Object

But then again, I also include Port Royal, so take me with a grain of salt!

We like these because they are short, easy to pack, everyone enjoys enough to at least play them and most of the family enjoys a few to play over and over when away from home base.

Good luck,
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Henrik Lantz
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Thanks! Jamaica looks great, but I was looking for something more portable. So currently Deep Sea Adventure is at the top of the list.

I am still listening if you have any more suggestions. thumbsup
 
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New Bedford - plays with 4 out of the box, but with 5 if you buy the expansion New Bedford: Rising Tide

The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction - super light card game, not too thinky

BANG! The Dice Game

Too Many Cinderellas

Villages of Valeria

Hanabi
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Cory Kelso
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Coup

Bohnanza

Archaeology: The New Expedition (If you can find it, I think it's on its way back out of print)

Diamonds

and I also 2nd Deep Sea Adventure
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One game I would suggest that is a relatively small box is Medieval Academy by Iello games. It is one of my favorites and is a relatively light game to learn, but it contains a lot of strategy and different ways to win.
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Michael Mench
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theboardlife wrote:
One game I would suggest that is a relatively small box is Medieval Academy by Iello games. It is one of my favorites and is a relatively light game to learn, but it contains a lot of strategy and different ways to win.


I will +1 this game as well! I forgot about it as we played it quite a bit. Includes drafting cards if you like that mechanic. The bits are a little fiddley but if you can get by moving small wooden circles around the board cards and don't mind piles of point shields it really is a good small box game.

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